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The End: Make It Memorable and Useful

An online devotional for writers

A Word from the Word

The end of a matter is better than its beginning. (Ecclesiastes 7:8, NIV)

A Word for Writers

The beginning. The middle. The end. Which is most important in your writing project?

The End: Make it memorable and useful. An online devotional for writers based on Ecclesiastes 7:8.  #WritingTips #ResourcesforChristianWriters #ChristianWriting with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter

As an experiment, think back to last week’s sermon … or the one before that. What do you remember that sticks with you?

Often, I find myself saying, “He opened with a story about his kids, but I forget what came next,” or “At the end he gave a challenge about patience, but I don’t recall the particulars.”

Do you relate? 

If so, you’re not alone. 

In psychology, it’s called the Serial Position Effect. That’s a fancy term for, “people remember openings and closings the best, but are less likely to remember the information in the middle.”

This is an important piece of information for me, as a writer, to use. 

Like you, I have been long aware that the beginning of a piece is crucial. It’s where I hook my reader so that she’ll be interested enough to keep reading. 

But I tend to give less importance to writing a strong finish.

What a missed opportunity! Not to mention quite unfair to my reader.

Solomon says, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning.” 

The hook and the body have been leading my reader to this moment.  She has stuck with me this long.  It is at this stage – the end – that I can give her a reward, a nugget of wisdom, a culmination, an “ah ha,” a truth … a practical or useful takeaway.

That kind of ending lasts longer and gets put to use. Which makes it better than the beginning. 

A Wise Word

Finish strong. Give your reader a useful takeaway.

A Word To Pray

Heavenly Father,

Help me to focus on making my point memorable to my reader. Show me how to finish strong so she has a takeaway she can use. 

In Jesus’ name, Amen. 


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